Nissan Rogue SL AWD

Although they might not be for everyone, all-wheel drive vehicles undoubtedly provide some major advantages compared to either front- or rear-wheel drive vehicles. By distributing some of the engine’s power to all four wheels, an all-wheel drive vehicle can provide improved traction, handling and acceleration capabilities any time you encounter less than ideal road or weather conditions. This type of AWD drivetrain also brings with it improved off-road capabilities, which makes it ideal for anyone who wants to get out and explore off the beaten track. Choosing a new vehicle with an AWD drivetrain will definitely benefit you in a number of important ways, which is why we’ll now take a look at all of Nissan’s all-wheel drive offerings to allow you to compare your various options.

Which 2018 Nissan Vehicles Are Available with All-Wheel Drive?

All-wheel drive is most often found on smaller crossover SUVs. For this reason, it probably shouldn’t surprise you to learn that almost every new 2018 Nissan crossover and SUV is available with an optional AWD drivetrain. This includes the 2018 Nissan Rogue and Rogue Sport, as well as the 2018 Nissan Murano.

In addition, anyone in the market for a larger, full-size SUV can also choose the 2018 Nissan Armada, which is available in your choice of 4x2 or AWD drivetrain. This is actually quite remarkable, as the vast majority of full-size SUVs are usually only available in 4x2 or 4x4 versions. In fact, the Nissan Armada is one of the only eight-passenger SUVs currently in production to include available all-wheel drive.

Although Nissan’s all-wheel drive options are mostly limited to crossovers and SUVs, the manufacturer does have one other all-wheel drive vehicle in its 2018 lineup. This is the incredibly sporty Nissan GT-R, which provides supercar levels of performance, power and handling at a price that’s much less than you’d expect.

Prior to 2018, the Nissan lineup also included one other all-wheel drive vehicle: the Nissan Juke. However, Nissan discontinued this model after the 2017 edition and is replacing it with the new Nissan Kicks compact crossover. Unfortunately, the Kicks will only be available in either front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive configurations. Luckily, anyone interested in purchasing an AWD 2017 Nissan Juke should still be able to get their hands on a new one.

Stay Safe with Nissan Intuitive All-Wheel Drive

All Nissan AWD vehicles feature the company’s Intuitive All-Wheel Drive system. This system automatically detects road and weather conditions and monitors the vehicle’s four tires to ensure they remain in full contact with the road. The sensors can instantly detect if any of the wheel’s start to lose traction in less time than it takes you to blink. If it detects any tire starting to slip or lose traction, the drivetrain will automatically adjust to provide additional power to the wheel or wheels that need it most. In this way, the Intuitive All-Wheel Drive system can help keep you safer on the road by identifying and then preventing a loss of traction before you yourself are even aware of it.

Of course, all-wheel drive can only do so much, which is why it’s important that you always drive safely and at speeds suitable for the conditions. Nonetheless, Nissan’s Intuitive All-Wheel Drive can still make a huge difference when driving on wet, snowy or icy roads. Although all-wheel drive won’t improve your braking capabilities, it will allow you to accelerate more easily and should help to prevent you from slipping and sliding around the road.

All of the 2018 Nissan all-wheel drives vehicles are great options. However, the only way to know which one is right for you is to get behind the wheel. This is why we want to invite you to visit Midway Nissan, where you can check out all of our new 2018 Nissans and take any of them for a test drive.

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